First Flight wins the 2019 UHC & NCHSAA Turkey Bowl Food Drive Competition!

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (November 18, 2019) – UnitedHealthcare teamed up once again with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, Inc. (NCHSAA) to support local communities and scholastic sports in North Carolina through the 2019 UHC & NCHSAA Turkey Bowl initiative.

The UHC & NCHSAA Turkey Bowl competition was held November 4-8 on NCHSAA member school campuses.  Ten schools competed to see which school could collect the most monetary donations for their local food bank or donations for their on-campus Food Pantries. 

In total, the competing schools donated over 4,500 pounds of food and over $5,000 to their local food pantries.  This totals over 24,500 meals provided to families in need all across the state of North Carolina. The top-4 schools based on the number of meals provided through donations were rewarded with a cash donation to their school.

First Flight High School

The winning school for the 2019 UHC & NCHSAA Turkey Bowl was First Flight High School from Kill Devil Hills, NC.  They raised $3,365, which equates to 13,460 meals. They will use a portion of this money to prepare and feed the 550 residents of Ocracoke Island on November 27.  Ocracoke suffered extreme damage from Hurricane Dorian this fall.  


Gray's Creek High School

Second place in the 2019 UHC & NCHSAA Turkey Bowl was Gray’s Creek High School from Hope Mills, NC.  Gray’s Creek Student Government Association put on a “Minute to Win It” Challenge in their homeroom classes.  Students donated money to participate in the challenge.  Overall Gray’s Creek raised $800 for the Gray’s Creek Christian Center Food Bank, which will provide 3,200 meals for those in need in their community. 

Franklinton High School

Franklinton High School from Franklinton, N.C, took home 3rd  place in the UHC & NCHSAA Turkey Bowl.  They collected 1,068.9  pounds of food and donated $433.25 for their on-campus Food Pantry that will feed students in need from their high school.  The Rams collected totals will provide 2,624 meals. 

Hickory Ridge High School

Finally, Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, NC placed fourth.  They collected food for their on-campus food pantry, the Hickory Ridge Pantry Closet, and donated funds raised to the Harrisburg Crisis Assistance Ministry.  In total, they will provide 2,501 meals for those in need from the 564.4 pounds of food raised and $507.65 donated. 

“Whenever there is a need in our communities, and we reach out to the membership for assistance, they always step up and go above and beyond the request. When UnitedHealthcare presented the Turkey Bowl idea to us, we knew our coaches and athletes would not disappoint.  In just a short amount of time, they ran with the idea and have been a real blessing to people in their local communities, especially leading into this holiday season” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker. “The Association is proud of and grateful to these coaches and athletes for their giving spirit.”

Thank you to the 2019 UHC & NCHSAA Turkey Bowl Participating Schools!

  • Community School of Davidson
  • First Flight
  • Franklinton
  • Gray's Creek
  • Heide Trask
  • Hickory Ridge
  • Holmes
  • Jones
  • North Lincoln
  • Southeast Halifax

To learn more about the UHC & NCHSAA 2019 Turkey Bowl, click here. 

About North Carolina High School Athletic Association

The NCHSAA is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation that provides governance and leadership for interscholastic athletic programs that support and enrich the educational experience of students in all 418 member schools. The NCHSAA conducts championships in 23 sports across four classifications of play with over 90-team champions crowned each year. For more information on the NCHSAA or NCHSAA Championships, visit the Association’s website

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees, and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @myUHC on Twitter.